Spencer Strider (RP, ATL): Fantasy baseball waiver wire mics

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ANALYSIS: Spencer Strider, 23, has a killer mustache and is off to a great start to 2022 out of the Atlanta Braves bullpen, producing a 2.49 ERA; 1.06 WHIP; two outlets; and a 1.39 FIP on 37.7% strikeout rate and zero homers allowed in 21.2 IP over just ten games. On a team as accomplished as this Braves team (even if it fails to start 2022), there’s an arm fist in front of the Clemson alum on the bullpen depth chart, namely Kenley Jansen; AJ Minter, Collin McHugh; Darren O’Day; Will Smith; and Jackson Stephens. Despite this back seat due to Strider’s youth, he is currently outperforming many of his teammates and should be in line for a bigger role in the future.

With his ability to pitch for an extended duration in any given appearance, Strider is averaging 3.2K per game, and while he still isn’t forcing much soft contact (11.4%) on batted balls, his hard contact rate (31.8%) did well to suppress the longball, as well as his grounder rate which increased to 42.1% in the month of May. His 98.6 mph fastball has been hugely successful this year to the tune of a 5.5 wFB, with his slider and shifter also producing positive numbers, and his zone contact rate is correspondingly down. 16.5% compared to last season. For a deep sleeper in deep formats, Fantasy Baseball managers would be well served to take a chance on Spencer Strider with the prospect of the Braves recovering over .500 and Strider’s IP versatility giving way on both strikes; won ; and K totals.

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